This summer, Hauser & Wirth, the powerhouse international art gallery, opened an outpost in an improbable place: rural Bruton, England. Far from a typical "white cube" art space, Hauser & Wirth's latest home for contemporary art is found in centuries-old, triple-height barns. Elsewhere on the property, the Zurich-based purveyor of modern masters converted a circa-1760 farm complex into a restaurant and guest accommodations, as well as commissioned garden designer Piet Oudolf (the guy who landscaped NYC's High Line) to redo the surrounding outdoor spaces. Resident artists and guests can stay in a former farmhouse with windows from a local Benedictine priory, a dining room decorated with murals by the Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca, and a living room with a video installation by Pipilotti Rist, who spent a year as the first artist-in-residence.
· Hauser & Wirth Somerset [official site]
· Gallery in a Somerset farmyard is a slow lane in the art world rat race [The Guardian]
· All Artistry posts [Curbed National]
· All Hotel posts [Curbed National]